HILL, Wills, 1st Earl of Hillsborough [I] (1718-93), of North Aston, Oxon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1741 - 17 Nov. 1756

Family and Education

b. 30 May 1718, o. surv. s. of Trevor, 1st Visct. Hillsborough [I], by Mary, da. and h. of Anthony Rowe of North Aston, Oxon., wid. of Sir Edmund Denton, 1st Bt., of Hillesden, Bucks.  m. (1) 1 Mar. 1748, Lady Margaret FitzGerald (d. 25 Jan. 1766), da. of Robert, 19th Earl of Kildare [I], sis. of James, 1st Duke of Leinster [I], 2s. 3da.; (2) 11 Oct. 1768, Mary, suo jure Baroness Stawell, da. of Edward, 4th Baron Stawell, wid. of H. B. Legge, s.p.  suc. fa. as 2nd Visct. Hillsborough [I] 5 May 1742; cr. Earl of Hillsborough [I] 3 Oct. 1751; Baron Harwich [GB] 17 Nov. 1756; Earl of Hillsborough [GB] 28 Aug. 1772; Mq. of Downshire [I] 20 Aug. 1789.

Offices Held

P.C. [I] 27 Aug. 1746; comptroller of the Household May 1754-Dec. 1755; P.C. [GB] 21 June 1754; treasurer of the chamber Dec. 1755-Nov. 1756; first ld. of Trade Sept. 1763-July 1765 and Aug.-Dec. 1766; jt. postmaster-gen. Dec. 1766-Jan. 1768; sec. of state for the American dept. Jan. 1768-Aug. 1772, for the southern dept. Nov. 1779-Mar. 1782.


Hillsborough sat at Warwick on the interest of Lord Warwick. He had very little property in England, but was